DON’T MISS IT! Some of you will receive a USPS version of my 2019 survey. Due to printing and postage constraints, I cannot mail to every household in the district, so please complete and share my online survey with your friends and neighbors. It’s important for me to understand your priorities as this session gets underway.
It’s that time again – I’m spending long days and nights in Topeka, working to bring the best legislation back for our communities and all of Kansas. Typically, the Senate doesn’t change much after midterm elections because we are not up for re-election until 2020. However, with the statewide elections plucking three of our colleagues up to higher office, our body made some slight changes and I’m getting to know my new colleagues.
Even though I wasn’t sworn in again, there was a lot of pomp and circumstance surrounding the inauguration of Laura Kelly as the state’s new governor, the inaugural ball, her inaugural address to Kansans, and then her State of the State (SOTS) address. Because the House has the larger room, it is tradition for Senators to sit with one of their Representatives for the speech. I was fortunate to sit with Rep. Jan Kessinger (Overland Park).
- Sen. Vic Miller (D-Topeka) got a promotion to the Senate side of the Capitol J. He represented part of Topeka in House and was appointed to fill now-Governor Laura Kelly’s seat.
- Sen. Eric Rucker (R-Topeka) was appointed by precinct committee leaders in Topeka to replace now-Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt.
- Sen. Mary Ware (D-Wichita) was appointed by precinct leaders in Wichita to replace now-Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers.